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Dark Hollow


Published February 19, 2012


LibriVox recording of Dark Hollow, by Anna Katharine Green.

The small town of Shelby is shaken by a brutal murder. A man by the name of Etheridge was found beaten to death. A local inn-keeper, is convicted and executed for the crime. Many years later, "a woman in purple" shows up at the house of Ostrander, the respected judge who had sentenced the inn-keeper to be executed. This mysterious woman turns out to be the wife of the convicted man, but she does not believe he was guilty. She visits the Judge, to challenge him on his verdict. He listens to her plea, but reaffirms his belief in her husbands guilt. Having nowhere to go, Deborah is given the position of maid, which she secretly uses to obtain proof of her husband's innocence and the identity of the real killer. However, the initial evidence that Deborah collects points in troubling new directions. (Summary by Elaine Webb)

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Reviewer: glttrgrl8 - - July 23, 2014
Subject: The twists keep coming right up until the very end!
This complex and interesting mystery story keeps you in suspense all the way through. I was so engrossed in the book that I listened to it start to finish in less than 24 hours (so basically every free minute I had, I was listening)! You get invested in the characters and simplifies with their grief, pain, shame, etc., all the while trying to figure out who the real criminal is. It's hard to end a book this good well, but I think AKG does a fine job here, as evidenced by the last word of the book. Also, there are multiple narrators, but about halfway through the book it switches to a single narrator who is very good. All of the narrators for this book did a good job, but I particularly enjoyed Mike Pelton's reading. I would definitely recommend reading this book!
Reviewer: lindaisling - - December 11, 2013
Subject: Too great to miss!
This is another sizzling story with the final curves in the story being thrown in the last pages, but there are plenty of surprises before the end comes. I became so engrossed in the story that I switched to Gutenberg to read it online because I am a fast reader and no matter how good the oral version is it does go much more peaceable in it's progression. :)
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